Pride

Pride is a Protest, Not a Music Festival

I took a local approach to Pride 2018. I couldn’t afford tickets to some of the larger Prides in bigger cities, nor the train fares and hotel stays that I’d need alongside them. Instead, I hopped on my usual bus and headed into town for my local Pride event. I …

Celebrating the Under-Represented at Student Pride

This weekend marked the 13th annual National Student Pride festival, hosted at the University of Westminster in London during the UK’s LGBTQ+ history month. With panels tackling issues such as LGBTQ+ homelessness, bisexuality and being beyond the gender binary, Student Pride centred the often under-represented letters of the LGBTQ acronym at the event …

The Pecking Order of Progress

Across science and the arts, the first people to achieve something new–first to discover new countries, first flight, first on the moon–are overwhelmingly male. Not only that, but they are overwhelmingly white, straight, cisgender and of a relatively high social and economic standing. In the hierarchy of human achievement, there’s no question …

Pride and Prejudice and Cishet Intruders

This summer I went to Pride in London for the first time, and, as their ill thought out poster campaign promised, I met more than a few glittery cisgender heterosexuals looking for an excuse to party. When I am entering a queer space that is born out of the marginalisation …

Activism in Advertising: What Brands Are Getting Wrong

More and more frequently, we’re seeing brands take a seemingly more altruistic approach in their advertising. While not a new phenomenon, in 2017 this trend seems to have ramped up with the advent of a more politically and socially engaged audience, which undoubtedly has links to the election of Donald …

The Art of Getting Bi: Feeling ‘Valid’ in Queer Spaces

Queer spaces are the most fun places I’ve ever been. Pride festivals, gay villages, social gatherings specifically for LGBTQ+ folk… there’s always a brilliant atmosphere, fantastic music and of course, copious amounts of glitter and rainbows. But something that often niggles at the back of my mind is the feeling …